Police Searching for Armed Suspect in Two Attempted Pharmacy Robberies
ROBBERY #1: April 19 at 10:05 a.m., The Drug Shoppe, 4060 North Armenia Avenue
ROBBERY #2: April 21 at 9:15 a.m., CVS, 625 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
SUSPECT DESCRIPTION: W/M, approximately 5'09"-6'0," thin build. He was last seen wearing a
gray and white striped hoodie, and a flannel shirt with gray/green colored cargo shorts with a pair of low cut black and white shoes.
Tampa Police detectives need your help identifying an armed suspect who attempted to rob two pharmacies. The latest robbery took place at a CVS store located at 625 West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on April 21. The suspect entered the store shortly after 9 a.m. He walked directly toward the pharmacy and showed the clerk a black firearm while demanding Hydrocodone pills. The suspect fled the store after the clerk refused to give him any prescription medication.
Detectives believe the same suspect tried to commit a similar armed robbery on April 19 at The Drug Shoppe, located on Armenia Avenue. During that robbery, the suspect approached the counter and passed the pharmacy clerk a hand-written note demanding Oxycontin. During the encounter, the suspect pulled up his jacket to show the employee what appeared to be a black pistol. He never spoke during the robbery. The suspect left the store without receiving any prescription drugs.
The suspect covered his face with a cloth during both attempted robberies. None of the victims were harmed.
Anyone with information regarding this armed robbery suspect is urged to contact Crime Stoppers to be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000.
The Tampa Police Department is teaming up with the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance (HCADA) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to host "Operation Medicine Cabinet." Law enforcement and volunteers will collect unused or expired prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications from community members in an effort to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands. The prescription drug drop-off event will take place on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:
CVS, located at 102 South Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
Health Matters Pharmacy, located at 1702 North 50th Street, Tampa
Tampa PD Spokesperson